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       loadmeter - System load/resource monitor for X


       loadmeter  [  -display display ] [ -geometry geometry ] [ -name name ] [ -numfont font ] [
       -labelfont font ] [ -label label ] [ -popupfont font ] [  -popupbg  colour  ]  [  -popupfg
       colour  ] [ -warn percent ] [ -warnbg colour ] [ -meter colour ] [ -override ] [ -sync ] [
       -bh height ] [ -parent window ] [ -disk ] [ -noshrink ] [ -nogeom ]


       loadmeter is a utility to monitor various system  resources.  It  runs  (currently)  under
       Linux  and  Solaris  systems  running  the  X Window System. It displays information about
       system hostname, load average, uptime, disk usage and memory information.  loadmeter  uses
       the  /proc filesystem to gather most of this information under Linux, and under Solaris it
       reads kernel symbols (What a headache!).  In its normal state it displays a window with  a
       coloured  bar  graph  showing  the load average for the past minute. This is also shown in
       digits at the top of the window. Both are updated every second.  A  red  notch  marks  the
       maximum  load  since loadmeter was started, and can be reset by pressing Button2 or hidden
       with Button3.  A blue notch shows the 5 minute load average.

       By clicking with Button1, a pop-up window appears showing the uptime, the load average for
       the past 1, 5 and 15 minutes, the capacity of each filesystem, and memory/swap usage. More
       detailed information on each filesystem is available  by  highlighting  the  corresponding
       one. The way this window pops down is intentional, just to make it interesting. :) (Can be
       disabled with -noshrink).

       Any filesystems with higher usage than specified by the -warn  option  (default  90%)  are
       shown  with  a  (default)  green  background  in  the  popup  menu. If the -disk option is
       specified, the text 'disk' appears on the main window  if  the  usage  of  any  filesystem
       exceeds  the  value  given by -warn, or 90% if that option is not supplied. Popping up the
       stats window causes this message to go away, until either another filesystem exceeds  this
       value,  or  the usage of the filesystem that filled falls below the warning value and then
       subsequently exceeds it.

       Press Escape within the top level window to exit.

       The following bindings are in effect  if  either  the  -override  or  -parent  options  is

       Ctrl-button1 lowers the window (-override only).

       Ctrl-button2 raises and moves the window.

       Ctrl-button3 raises and resizes the window.

       A  SIGUSR1 sent to the loadmeter process will also raise the top level window. This can be
       used to raise a window that has been obscured by a parent  that  was  specified  with  the
       -parent option.


       The  following  options are available. They may be abbreviated so long as ambiguity is not

       -display dpy
             Specifies which X server to connect to. If unspecified, the value of the environment
             variable DISPLAY is used.

       -geometry geometry
             Sets the initial geometry of the top level window, given in standard XxY+W+H format.
             The default is 40x100.

       -name name
             The name of the application to present to the window manager.

       -numfont font
             Use the specified font for the load average digits on  the  top  level  window.  The
             default is 6x10. Rastermans nexus font is highly recommended.

       -labelfont font
             Use  the specified font for the label displayed behind the bar graph. The default is

       -label label
             Specify the string to be displayed behind the bar graph. The default is the hostname
             given by uname(2).

       -popupfont font
             Use   the  specified  font  for  the  text  in  the  popup  menus.  The  default  is

       -popupbg colour
             Sets the background colour of the popup menus. Default is grey30.

       -popupfg colour
             Sets the foreground colour of the popup menus. Default is yellow.

       -warn percent
             Causes the menu entry for a particular filesystem to be highlighted if the usage for
             it is greater than the given percentage. The default is 90%.

       -warnbg colour
             Specify  the colour to use for highlighting a filesystem whose usage is greater than
             or equal to 90% or whichever is specified with the  -warn  option.  The  default  is

       -meter colour
             Specify  the colour to use for the bar in the graphical representation of filesystem
             usages. The default is black.

             Causes loadmeter to set the override_redirect bit on the top level window. This will
             then  cause  it  to  bypass the window manager and display itself undecorated on the
             root window. This is useful for using it with window managers such as  Enlightenment
             (to  DR  0.13  at least) which insist on decorating all top level windows. With this
             option set, the built in move and resize features are enabled.

       -sync Causes loadmeter to call sync(2) each time it checks the disk usages. This can  slow
             things  down  on  systems  with  busy  filesystems,  but  is  more  accurate  as the
             filesystems are properly synced.

       -bh height
             Specify the height in pixels of each of the bars (blocks) in the main bar graph. The
             default is two pixels.

       -parent window
             This  option  allows  you to specify a particular window for loadmeter to use as its
             parent window. Normally loadmeter will attempt to map itself onto the  root  window,
             however  there  may be times when you wish to map it as a child of another window on
             the screen. The author uses this to map  several  instances  of  loadmeter  onto  an
             xclock  window,  making  it  easy  to move the bank around by just moving the xclock
             window. It's left as an exercise to the reader to  think  of  other  uses  for  this

       -disk Causes  a  warning  message  on the top level window to be given when the usage of a
             filesystem exceeds 90%, or the value given by -warn.  The warning goes away when the
             stats  window  is popped up, until either another filesystem's usage is excessive or
             the usage of the filesystem that caused the warning falls below  the  threshold  and
             then subsequently exceeds it.

             Disables  the  slow-popdown  eye  candy  feature of the stats window. This option is
             useful for slow network connections to the display and/or  when  there  is  a  large
             number of filesystems being monitored.

             Disables  the  displaying of the window geometry in the cursor as the main window is
             being moved or resized.

       Note that -override and -parent cannot both be given in the same instance.


       loadmeter reads the X server database for several resources that can be  used  to  specify
       options for all instances of loadmeter running on the display. The resources have the same
       names as each of the command line options, thus there is no  point  specifying  them  here

       Boolean  options  (i.e.  those  that  don't  take  an argument) are enabled by setting the
       corresponding resource to True.


       loadmeter is covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL).


       loadmeter does no checking as to whether a colour was  successfully  allocated  by  the  X

       Memory   info   in   Solaris  isn't  particularly  correct.  Patches  for  this  would  be




       Ben Buxton <>